War on women: Obama still pays ladies 13% less than men

The left and the Obama administration are “infuriated” by the idea women are not paid the same as men in the workplace. Of course, this is another manufactured crisis that allows Democrats and liberals to attack conservatives and Republicans. Make up stuff and point at the Republicans and blame them for the “problem.”

Hat tip to Ed Morrissey at Hot Air, who links to a Washington Post article from yesterday.

The White House has not narrowed the gap between the average pay of male and female employees since President Obama’s first year in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of new salary data.

The average male White House employee currently earns about $88,600, while the average female White House employee earns about $78,400, according to White House data released Tuesday. That is a gap of 13 percent.

I’m certain the president is infuriated at himself.

But those who have experience with compensation packages for medium to large companies know this is normal and there is not anything you can do about the overall statistics because business – as well as the Executive Branch – already pays men and women equal for equal work.

White House officials say that even if the aggregate statistics show a gap, men and women in the same roles at the White House are paid similar amounts. “At the White House, we have equal pay for equal work,” said White House spokeswoman Jessica Santillo. “Men and women in equivalent roles earn equivalent salaries, and over half of our departments are run by women.”

So why is the aggregate statistics for private business and corporations used to make political points in campaign stumps if those same statistics are irrelevant to the Executive Branch? This is pure hypocrisy.

The president loves to answer questions specific to individual cases that do not relate to the whole. In reality, equal pay for equal work already is the norm, but this administration just loves to create policy and stir up political hay based on anecdotes. And isn’t it interesting when we learn those anecdotes are partially fabricated?

To wrap up, Morrissey points out that if we use the statistics the White House wants to use for themselves, the gap almost disappears.

What is wrong and embarrassing is the President of the United States reciting a massively discredited factoid. The 23-cent gender pay gap is simply the difference between the average earnings of all men and women working full-time. It does not account for differences in occupations, positions, education, job tenure, or hours worked per week. When all these relevant factors are taken into consideration, the wage gap narrows to about five cents. And no one knows if the five cents is a result of discrimination or some other subtle, hard-to-measure difference between male and female workers.

9 replies
  1. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    This rank hypocrisy was going on since he campaigned against McCain, and still, no change. Clearly the complicit media doesn’t give a fig, nor the rest of the lefties. ?bama must be feeling pretty sure of himself to completely ignore his own rank failings as he projects them onto Republicans.

    The Ledbetter Act would have been better to have been called the Bedwetter Act…

    • stinkfoot
      stinkfoot says:

      Our oh-so-esteemed Republicans aren’t calling him on this either- which I find curious especially considering the tactics used to dispose of Mitt Romney in ’12. Of course it very well may be that Romney’s acknowledged job was to lose to Obama in the first place which would sorta make sense considering how he ran his campaign. Obama’s war isn’t just against women- ultimately it’s against all of us- including those who think he cares about them.

  2. Lynn
    Lynn says:

    Of course it”s hypocrisy, manufacture rage in your base by lies about what the other side is doing. Propose legislation to solve the perceived problem and enrage the other side. Media hypes the perceived problem and no one pays attention to what government is supposed to be doing which is to protect it’s citizens, not doling out other people’s money.

  3. bien-pensant
    bien-pensant says:

    This equal-pay kabuki play has been around for a very long time. The liberals trot it out whenever they need to shift focus away from their failures.

    This create-a-crisis mentality is SOP for democrats. That and the good ‘ole standby, flat-out lying.

  4. Dimsdale
    Dimsdale says:

    I keep looking, but I don’t see the usual defenders of this regime standing up for this hypocrisy?

    Any takers?

      • Dimsdale
        Dimsdale says:

        The fatigue caused by endless futile defense of the indefensible? They are just embarrassed by the spectacle of rampant hypocrisy that defines this administration.

        Better to remain silent and be thought an idiot…….

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